After misleading consumers that power problems will be a thing of the past, government has now admitted that the situation “remains precarious until all the units at Morupule B Power Station” are operational.
The P11 billion project consists of four units and only two are operational. The Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Kitso Mokaila, revealed that the review of the two units that are not in service is ongoing and “I am unable to give timelines at this point in time”.
Mokaila assured parliament and the nation that load shedding will be a thing of the past on Sunday 28th July.
“However I hasten to point out that power supply will remain precarious until all the four units at the Power Station are brought back into service,” he backtracked on Monday.
However, he denied suggestions by Kgatleng West MP, Gilbert Mangole, that the power cuts experienced in Mochudi including the entire country was a direct result of shoddy Chinese workmanship at the facility. Mokaila admitted the cost of imported electricity because of some units inefficiency was weighing heavily over the country’s public purse.
“Notwithstanding the above (unit faults), the power cuts that were experienced in and around Mochudi are as a result of inclement weather, accidents, normal faults and planned activities,” he added.